467. Prinia jerdoni.
The Southern Wren-Warbler,
Drymoica jerdoni,Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 459 (1847); id. Cat. p. 142; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 180. Drymoipus jerdoni (Blyth), Hume, S. F. i, p. 437. Drymoipus fuscus (Hodgs.), Hume, A. & E. p. 348. Drymoeca inornata (Sykes), apud Fairbank, S. F. v, p. 406. Drymoeca insularis, Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 529, pl. xxv (1879); Parker, S. F. ix, p. 480. Drymoeca jerdoni (Blyth), Hume, Cat. no. 544 ter. Drymoeca inornata (Sykes), Davison, S. F. x, p. 393. Prinia jerdoni (Blyth), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 304.
Coloration. Resembles P. inornata. Differs in having the sub-terminal spots on the tail large, dark brown, and distinct, and the whitish tips very sharply defined ; the tail in winter is shorter, not exceeding the Length of the tail of P. inornata in summer; the upper plumage is much darker and less rufous in the winter.
The young bird has the dark spots on the tail developed in an extraordinary manner.
Of the same dimensions as P. inornata, but the tail in winter does not exceed 3, and in summer 2.
Distribution. Southern India from Mysore to Cape Comorin; Ceylon. This bird occurs at considerable elevations as well as on the plains, being found on the Palni hills up to 5000 feet.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to July, constructing a nest of the same character as that of P. inornata and laying precisely similar eggs.